Welcome back to the third week of the Spotify quiz series. Eleven contestants have completed the first two week of Spotify quizzes. The leaderboard now looks like this:
I scored 19/20 in the third week. You can compete at:
In other news, I’m terrible at catching live gigs but my wife gifted us tickets to see The New Pornographers. It was an unusual gig – usually they’d play in a smaller venue, but because it was part of the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, they played the Michael Fowler Centre, a seated venue that usually hosts classical events. It has a 2,200 capacity, but was only half full – not surprising when there’s a bunch of classy gigs at the Festival. I would have also liked to have seen festival curator Laurie Anderson, Weyes Blood, and Nadia Reid.
It was a difficult task to play in front of a subdued, seated audience – two ladies in their seventies were seated in front of me – but the band were professional. It was a slightly altered lineup – long time members A.C. Newman, Neko Case, and Todd Fancey played, as well as newer members Joe Seiders and Simi Stone. They were augmented by a couple of ring-ins; a young bass player and an incredibly tall keyboard player who covered Kathryn Calder’s vocal parts.
The most impressive part of seeing The New Pornographers live is their vocals – Neko Case was impressive, and drummer Joe Seiders is an important part of the vocal mix. A.C. Newman doesn’t have a distinctive voice, but he sounded gorgeous, and showcased his falsetto in ‘The Laws Have Changed’. Highlights included the ensemble vocals on ‘Testament To Youth in Verse’, and ‘Dreamlike and On The Rush’, which was subdued on record but was a great rocker live.